Steven P. Jones, Ph.D.
What I do now: Associate Professor of Medicine and University Scholar, University of Louisville School of Medicine
My work/job consists of:
I am a scientist who studies heart disease. I train graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and physicians to become biomedical investigators. I am the Principal Investigator on three NIH-funded research projects. I serve on the editorial boards of four cardiovascular research journals, one of which as Consulting Editor. I am a regular grant reviewer for the NIH, American Heart Association, and American Diabetes Association. I am the Director of the Cardiovascular Pathology Core in the Diabetes and Obesity Center at the University of Louisville.
How I got to LSUS (or why I chose LSUS):
I am a native of Shreveport. I chose LSUS because of the Biology Department.
Fond Memories of LSUS:
I cherish the time I spent in the systematics courses with Drs. Burden (Entomology) and Lynch (Plant Systematics). I enjoyed all of the advanced courses in the Biology curriculum (Ecology, Plant Pathology, Ornithology). I also freely admit I enjoyed history, calculus, and physics (thanks Dr. Cindy Sisson). Of course, the physiology course led by Dr. Langman was the likeliest source for my passion for integrative physiology. I eventually earned my PhD in Physiology from LSU Health Shreveport.
LSUS faculty who helped me:
Among those still at LSUS, I would say Drs. Burden, Ingold, Banks and Sisson.
How LSUS helped me succeed:
I was exposed to scientists who had passion for what they did. They shared that passion with me and showed me that it could be a rewarding life-long pursuit.
Advice to college-bound students:
You spend most of your waking hours in your profession/occupation/career; make sure you know what you want to do. In the meantime, get exposed to different areas/fields before making your decision. Those classes "that have nothing to do with my major/chosen field" still have everything to do with life.
Advice to someone who wants to enter my field:
To steal from the Marines: "No one ever drowned in their own sweat." In other words, work hard.
Tips on choosing a major or career:
Do something you are passionate about. Do something you love. Do something that you still look forward to even when obstacles arise.
My toughest professional challenge:
The perpetual competition for research funding is the least appealing aspect of my profession.
My toughest personal challenge:
Balancing family time with the 24/7 pace of electronic grants, manuscripts, etc.
Successes (honors, awards, etc.) in my life:
I have an extended family that loves me and I am blessed to have a wonderful wife and two healthy, loving daughters. The professional honors I have earned, though nice, do not compare to those three girls.
I've learned this from life:
I don't know everything. It's OK not to have all of the answers as long as you can make a reasonable decision based on the information you have. I have also learned that faith and science are not enemies, that most people have more in common than they choose to acknowledge, and that, if in doubt, my wife is right!